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Protect the safety of your dental team and patients

Guidance on preparing your treatment space

COVID-19 has serious implications for dental teams, in terms of personal protective equipment (PPE), treatment room disinfection, and treatment of patients. As dental practices begin to reopen across the country, emphasis is to prepare and educate dental staff in how they can manage risk and ensure infection prevention and control principles are extended beyond the usual standard precautions to include transmission-based precautions including airborne transmission for treatments that generate aerosols. Although there is justifiable widespread concern about the spread of COVID-19, currently most patients presenting in dental care settings are unlikely to have the virus. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has provided guidelines for the re-opening of practices and towards resuming non-urgent treatment.1 The guidelines encompass important management of infection control risk such as hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and decontamination of surfaces.

Click below to view the ADA's Dental Professionals Key Guidelines and Restrictions for returning to practice

PPE is wearable equipment that is designed to protect you from exposure or contact with infectious agents and include eye protection, masks, gloves, protective clothing, and closed in shoes. To ensure the best protection and reduce contamination risk when donning and doffing, staff should review technique and best practice.

 

Click below to view a Visual Guide for Safe PPE Use for Dental Practitioners

For practical and evidence-based dental infection control measures to reduce risk and improve safety for all workers and patients, please view this 20-minute video presented by Dr. Roslyn Franklin.

 

 

REFERENCES
1. Australian Dental Association (ADA) Dental Professionals Key Guidelines And Restrictions For Returning To Practice, Accessed 27 May 2020.